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Cesta do praveku
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1966 (USA) See more »
Four boys living the excitement every boy dreams about in the most fantastic adventure of any age!
For Czech version: Youngest of four boys one day finds a fossil of trilobite. So his older friend take him on journey through prehistory, up to beginning of time, to see real live trilobites. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Vladimír Bejval ... Jirka / Jo-Jo
Petr Herrman ... Toník / Tony
Zdenek Hustak ... Jenda / Ben
Josef Lukás ... Petr / Doc
James Lucas ... Doc (US version) (as James Lukas)
Victor Betral ... Joe / Jo-Jo (US version)
Charles Goldsmith ... Ben (US version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerry Mark Joels ... Doc (voice)

Directed by
Karel Zeman 
Fred Ladd (new scenes in reissue)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Cayton  USA version
J.A. Novotný 
Karel Zeman 

Produced by
William Cayton .... producer
Original Music by
E.F. Burian 
Frantisek Strangmüller 
Cinematography by
Antonín Horák 
Václav Pazdernik 
Film Editing by
Zdenek Stehlík 
Production Design by
Ivo Mrdzek 
Zdenek Rozkopal 
Karel Zeman 
Special Effects by
Arnost Kupcik .... special effects
Jindrich Liska .... special effects
Karel Zeman .... special effects
Editorial Department
Olivier Veinat .... color timer
Music Department
Filmový Symfonický Orchestr .... orchestra
Milivoj Uzelac .... conductor

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Also Known As:
"Cesta do praveku" - Czechoslovakia (original title)
"Journey to Prehistory" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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93 min | East Germany:80 min | USA:83 min | Czechoslovakia:81 min
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Some of the prehistoric animal reconstructions have been modeled after the artwork of renowned Czech painter Zdenek Burian. This is perhaps most apparent on the "Brontosaurus", which is standing in almost the exact same pose as in Burian's famous piece and has the exact same detailing on its body.See more »
Continuity: Jo Jo retrieves the diary and stows it on his chest under his shirt, thereby soaking his shirt. As he's then returning to the other three boys, his shirt is dry.See more »


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Started my life long love of dinosaurs, 12 August 2009
Author: BlackCat725 from Northeast Ohio

I saw this movie at the theater in the mid-late '60s. I spent years and years trying to find out the name of it based only on my memories of a few of the scenes. I finally tracked it down and got a VHS copy and watched it with my husband and son. My son (11) was totally cracking up the whole time, spoiled by all the movies he's seen. Yes, the dubbing is hokey and horrible, and the stop action primitive compared to today, but to an 8 yr old in the '60s it was wonderful! I may have to hunt down an original copy without the extra US storyline that was put in. I'm just glad that I found this movie, prove to my husband that I'm not crazy and it did exist and can now move on with my life! ;)

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